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Robin The Barn Cat Is Missing

Updated on June 25, 2015

Why Cats Go Missing?

Cats are such a common sight that we tend to forget where they originate from and their natural needs and tendencies. We are all aware that they tend to be aloof and that it is often said that "cats and women will do exactly as they please and men and dogs just have to get used to the idea"!

Well cats do not like attention when they are not feeling well, they will often go hide, and lick their wounds, both literally and metaphorically. This is one reason they may go absent, they just want to be in peace and quiet until they feel better. They may just be sleeping off a big meal or cat napping.

Even our common house cats are related to cheetahs, pumas, cougars, lions and tigers. These animals are all fast athletic nomadic hunters. So too is your dear little house kitten. The instincts are so strong that they know to approach prey from down wind so their scent does not give them away. They crawl low to the ground, using natural cover and then pounce suddenly and silently out of nowhere.

Cats have enormous power to weight ratios and even a domestic cat can leap effortlessly over large distances. If we had their ratios the World high jump record would be of the order of 20 feet or more and long jump 60 feet.

A consequence of these instincts is that cats hunt, feral cats will kill only what they need to eat, but what cat owner has never been brought a fresh kill as a token of appreciation from their little loved one? This brings another reason why a cat may go missing for days or even weeks! The little one is merely searching for better hunting grounds as their instincts require of them.

Then again cats are curious "Curiosity killed the cat" they will go into open doors cars, trucks, houses. Then their fear instinct may cut in and they will hide from detection. This can lead to them getting shut in and take away often many kilometers before they are detected, if they are at all. If we are lucky at this point they may be set free and their natural homing instinct will take over and guide them home over the course of the next several days, weeks or even months.

Then they may have been predated on by a larger hunter that catches them unawares, such as owls, hawks, eagles, cougars, coyotes, wolves etc. Finally they may have fallen prey to traps and baits left for these larger nuisance animals, or other human cruelty.

Robin At Home

Robin and I talking to Caprice my wife's KWPN.
Robin and I talking to Caprice my wife's KWPN. | Source

Robin Vanishes

Our cat Robin was sat outside the horse barn sunning himself and grooming his fur on the morning of Friday 8th August 2014. My wife was getting the horses out and cleaning out their stalls and the cat (Robin) appeared to be supervising her and admiring the view as he often did. I was walking our Border Collie (BC Oliver Twist). The cat looked at me and the dog and decided not to approach as BC (the dog) tends to lunge at him which the cat finds irritating.

I took the dog back to the house and fed him his breakfast, then as I often would went out to say hi to Robin, only he had vanished. I asked my wife where he was as he often would go and check out the horse stalls or go and visit them in their paddocks. She said the last she saw he was walking down the driveway she thought to visit with me and the dog.

We have not seen him since.

Robin Returning From A Jaunt

Robin Pauses to say hi as he returns to the barn.
Robin Pauses to say hi as he returns to the barn. | Source
Robin taking a quick Cat Nap
Robin taking a quick Cat Nap | Source
Robin taking a break to admire the view.
Robin taking a break to admire the view. | Source

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Interesting Facts

Did you know?

  • Cats originated as desert creatures and even a domestic cat can survive without water for a week.
  • Cats can also survive up to 3 weeks without food.
  • They can collapse their skeleton so that they can get through what appear to be impossibly small holes.
  • Cats whiskers help them judge what spaces they can get into.
  • Cats are not really sharpening their claws when they scratch just removing the myelin sheathing.
  • Cats can sleep up to 90% of the time.

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Helping to Keep a Cat Secure

When possible it is a good idea to insert a cat flap into a door so that your cat can come and go as they please. Many of these now come with locks so that you can either leave it open in both directions, lock it in either of the directions or just lock it altogether. In this way you can tempt your cat back at dinner time and keep him/her secure until you are ready to grant them a period of freedom.

We have one of these on the tack room door in the stable so that Robin can get access to food and water when he so desires.

What To Do When A Cat Is Lost

When your cat gets lost it can be hard to decide what to do. Cats can roam over large distances and often get carried away by what they are doing. So we can call the local vets and Animal shelters as we did, but then what? Tell all your neighbors to be on the look out and ask them to check sheds and garages etc.


While waiting maybe you could take your mind off it a bit by reading about a search for a cat?

Latest News

Robin was sighted running away from one of my neighbours homes about a week ago. He was in fine health, but had been scared by the neighbours dog. At least we now know he is still close by and probably still alive and well. It seems he went further away than usual and is scared of crossing my neighbours yard because of their noisy dog. We will be looking for him in that area in hopes of finding him again, soon.

Apparently over 80% of lost cats do eventually return. Lets hope he does.

Today Tuesday 23 September 2014 there was a glimmer of hope. Our neighbors cat that has been missing from my property as long as Robin actually crossed our driveway this afternoon for the first sighting of him in the 6 weeks since Robin went. This is a good sign as whenever we see him Robin often turns up out of nowhere (I think it is a territorial thing!).

Lets hope anyway.

Today 6th November I saw Robin walking in front of our house. I called him and he hesitated, but did not come. Our Border Collie started barking from inside the house and Robin turned and ran to hide under a fir tree. I approached and he seemed to think about coming to me, but he turned and fled over our neighbours field towards the large 400 acre farm of the next neighbour over. I did not get closer than 6 ft but he looked a lot more feral and as if he was unsure of whether to trust me or not. There was a mark on is face as if an animal had bitten him, but I could not get a clear look at it before he fled.

At least I know he is alive and fending for himself, he had a more wild look about him, but other than that he was healthy and bright eyed. Maybe he has decided it is better for him to be wild. I think he maybe will change his mind as winter closes in and hunting, and water both become scarce? I put out fresh food in his bowl in the barn and will wait to see if any goes.


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    BW Duerr 19 months ago from Henrietta, New York

    So glad you've had sitings since you first posting this article, although it appears to have been awhile back. Sounds like he widened his hunting grounds. Wishing for a safe return, or peace and acceptance for you.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    He has not come home yet, but we suspect that he has another home. He is allowed out as he is a barn cat and this has been a hard winter. However he has been absent for days on end before the longest being 5 weeks, before this. Each time he returned looking pleased with himself and well fed so we suspect he has taken up residence somewhere. Our problem is that this is a large neighborhood and we have 34 acres so the nearest neighbor is more than a quarter mile away and we have many of them as everywhere but our farm is built up residential. We are hoping that he will be let out once the weather is warmer, and that he chooses to pay us a visit, so we at least know he is OK.

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    Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

    I hope you find Robin and maybe by now you have. My daughter had a cat she named Prince Charles when she was in middle school, about 20 years ago, and she loved that cat more then herself. Well one day we let him outside and he didn't come back. He always did before, Well we discovered that a neighbor one street away took him inside her house and Prince Charles became friends with their dog. When she saw our flyers she called us and when my daughter went to get her cat, he didn't want to leave the dog. lol She took the cat home anyhow and was more careful after that. I enjoyed your hub. Voted up.

    Blessings to you.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    He has been away for days at a time before, but this time he has now been gone 6 months. We are still hoping he may return, but it is most likely that he was taken in by a neighbor. In the past we had spotted him wandering a good couple of miles from home, so we do not have any clues as to where exactly he went.

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    FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

    Oh, I am hoping that your sweet Robin returns to his nest in your barn.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    He is still missing, we are hoping that one of the neighbors has adopted him as a house cat, but there are too many of them to check on them all. Our property is 34 acres and surrounded by much smaller properties.

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    Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

    That's such a shame! I hope he has come back now? sometimes cats do the strangest things, but as you said he looks okay which is a bonus, good luck!

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Thank you. He was such a good climber and hunter we do not think he fell victim to a predator. However not so sure about some of the hunters round here! Hopefully he was taken in by a caring family and may return one day. Our problem is we know he wandered up to 3 or 4 miles from home and knowing where to look is the issue. The local shelter has his picture and we have missing notifications on the internet. A cat that went missing on the ferry to Newfoundland in October was just found on an island near St Johns so he must have hitched a lift on a vehicle that took him there. Robin was curious enough to hitch a lift on a truck and canny enough to hide from the driver so he could be anywhere in Canada by now!

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    Amanda Louise Cannon 2 years ago from Wynndel BC Canada

    Here is keeping hope for your kitty!

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    It is funny as on the day he left he looked at me and the dog as if to say, I really do not like the dog getting all of your attention. He usually would wait until I put the dog in and then I would go and pet him, That morning he left before I got back to him. It is 6 weeks and 3 days since he left, but there is no trace of any body so I rather think as he was born feral, see my other Robin hubs, he just took off into the woods and is ignoring my calls. He has done that before and is perfectly capable of feeding himself and finding shelter.

    We hope to see him again, but who knows? He is very strong and a capable climber so I do not think he will end up as a predators lunch. It is much more likely the other way around. Neither I nor my wife feel he is dead, and he would probably wreck a home as he has always been free to come and go from the Barn at will. At least once he had his wormer and shots and we got rid of his fleas. Lets hope he drops by sometimes.

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    Laura Brown 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I had cats when I lived in a rural area. I don't like to keep them indoors so once I moved to the city I didn't get more cats. I miss having them around. Could always count on them showing up whenever I went outside. Now it seems pretty quiet out there.

    Hope Robin shows up soon. I had a male cat disappear for years and then show up one day, crossing the yard as if it were nothing. But, he wouldn't come when I called to him. He did pause and watch me awhile, as if he were trying to remember or something was still familiar about me and the sounds I made (his old name). But, he had always been a very timid guy and he didn't remember me enough to approach. I saw him around a few times after that over the years. It was nice to see him at least.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    I hope I am not crazy, but I do not want to give up hope and we know he is super alert and very fit.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    I hope so, but the longest he went before was 5 days and it is now into the 6th week.

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    Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

    Well then, you have a true cat mystery here. It is really odd that he doesn't drop by for a visit now and again. Maybe he will turn up this winter if he gets a little hungry. I hope so.

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    LPerry60 3 years ago from East Coast United States

    I stopped in to check on Robin and found your Latest News update. That he was spotted by your neighbors is hopeful news.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    He is a neutered male, you are funny. I hope he returns when the weather gets cold. However the most likely explanation per the experts is that he has wormed his way into a distant neighbors home and they have decided to turn him into a house cat. Less than 5% of cats are ever taken by predators as they can hear ultra sound so nearly always are aware of any predator. Plus they are extremely fast over short distances and usually escape up trees. Most likely cause of death - bad humans and careless ones.

    Around here though he has likely wandered deep into the forest and is enjoying the hunting seeing no reason to return, my next over neighbor owns over 300 acres of forest. He lost one of his for 7 months he turned up one night when Larry was calling his other cat. Larry nearly had heart failure as he was right as rain, but Larry was sure he would be dead. The little devil is now 17 and Larry's other cat is 23.

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    Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

    You're right; it totally missed that. So that could explain why he's gone. Unless he's neutered, he's probably looking for a female.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    You should read more closely Robin is a male!

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    Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

    It could be that the cat was expecting kittens and wanted to go far away from the dog to have them. If she was born out in the woods someplace, she could be expected to go there to have her own litter. If so, she might stay gone 6 to 8 weeks. Cats generally know what they are doing (although foxes are smarter) and they are seldom really 'lost.' They just have another agenda sometimes. Hope she comes back and I enjoyed your article about Robin.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    I guess what goes around comes around :-)

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    Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

    The cat and the pythons are kept well apart. The eight footer wants to have her for dinner, and she wants to do the same with the smaller pythons. :-)

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    How do the cats and snakes get on in Thailand they keep cats under their homes to eat the snakes! Some of them keep pythons for the same reason then the cat better watch it! Thanks for the kind wishes.

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    Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

    Cats definitely own us, and mine runs the house to her timetable too! :-) Hope Robin comes home soon.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Thank you they certainly have a mind of their own. We own our dogs, but I rather think the cats own us!

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    LPerry60 3 years ago from East Coast United States

    The picture of Robin napping is adorable. I do hope his kitty angels keep him safe and sound and that he returns healthy and happy. I wonder where he went?

    Years ago, I had a tabby named Tiger who was an indoor/ outdoor cat. One Fall, I decided to crochet him a sweater. As soon as I buttoned the last button, he began bucking like a rodeo horse and took off like a rocket out the door.

    He came back 2 days later wearing just his fur. The sweater has never been found. I guess he didn't appreciate fashion, being a simple kind of guy LOL

    Waiting and wondering about a missing pet is very difficult. Come home soon Robin :)

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    Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    Oh I so hope that happens with Robin. Saying some prayers he comes home safely.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    We have searched along all the roads and there is no signs of any body so we think and hope he went into the woods on a hunting trip. The problem with that is that there are literally hundreds of acres around here so he could get lost for quite awhile. However the experts tell me that there is a less than 5% probability of cats being taken by predators, and fortunately the coyotes have moved out as the town is expanding. A neighbour reported seeing him running away in the direction of the woods about two weeks ago and he has not been home in just over four weeks now. We are just saying our prayers and hoping the colder weather will make him miss his warm bed and the heated room he has in our barn.

    Even the horses have been looking around for him when I call his name each evening just in case he is close enough to hear me. He is a big strong cat and our neighbour that cut the hay field had one disappear in the same area for 7 months and he was convinced it was dead, then one night when he was calling his other cat there was a meow and there was the absentee right as rain and none the worse for wear!

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    Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    I was also hoping for an update that Robin had been found or had come home. I'm so sorry, but don't give up yet! Possibly he's having quite an adventure for himself and will be home when he gets tired of the world. I truly hope so. I know it would break my heart to have a pet go missing. Keep us posted.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Robin was a feral that arrived one morning as about a 7 weeek old kitten full of fleas and worms. My New Hubs (formerly lenses at Squidoo) have a fair bit of his story. He was the happiest cat ever as he was free to do his own thing and we have a 34 acre farm so he rarely left. However he vanished after we had the hay field mowed and we think he may have followed the small prey animals that live in the field.

    He is perfectly able to look after himself as he is extremely fit and fast and an expert climber and hunter. So we hope he decides to return when the weather gets colder. There are too many hundreds of acres of forest and field around us for us to track him down!

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    Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

    Robin is beautiful! I hope he returns soon. My cats have been indoor cats, all but one who happened to show up one day, a good number of years ago, and wouldn't go away. We couldn't let him in because of our other two old and established cats, so he lived outside. He was one of the most affectionate cats I've ever known and I still miss him after all this time.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    He certainly knows how to be the attention grabber. Not sure that GPS would help as most of our farm is in a cell tower dead zone. Pine Grove being a small village in a valley. This is made worse by all the cables hung on the telegraph poles.

    Funnily enough the Hub was written just after Squidoo announced the merger and we needed a Hub to setup the account ready for the transfer. The announcement coincided with his going missing. What did he know that we did not? Hope I will be able to announce his safe return soon!

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    CANDLE 3 years ago

    Everything happens for a reason. Had Robin not gone missing, you would not have been inspired to write an article about him. We've learned a great deal about cats' behavior in the process.

    If Robin chooses to return, outfit him with a Pet GPS Tracker. The next time he embarks on a catscapade (escapade), you'll be able to pinpoint his coordinates through your smart phone and/or computer, putting your mind at ease.

    Robin The Barn Cat is media-savvy. To be the center of attention, all he has to do is to go missing!

    Welcome to Hubpages!

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    Ronald E Franklin 3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

    I hope Robin finds his way back home. I've seen the curiosity of neighborhood cats. I had one come into my garage to check it out. No shyness there!

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    Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

    So hoping your Robin comes back soon, safe and sound. He looks like a beautiful cat.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Thank you so are we.

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    Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

    We're still praying Robin will return safe and sound. Thanks for keeping us posted.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    It looks like this may be the case as a neighbour saw him about a week ago running away though!

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    We know of several cats from around here that have gone for several weeks and even months and returned safe and well. We now have a sighting albeit a week old. He was about a quarter of a mile away from home at that time, but heading further away.

    That means we are about a week behind were he has been. We still think he will return when the weather turns cold or really stormy. We do not think predators are a real threat, but people may be.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    We know of several cats from around here that have gone for several weeks and even months and returned safe and well. We now have a sighting albeit a week old. He was about a quarter of a mile away from home at that time, but heading further away.

    That means we are about a week behind were he has been. We still think he will return when the weather turns cold or really stormy. We do not think predators are a real threat, but people may be.

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    Marie 3 years ago

    Yes sometimes cats can turn up after being missing for quite some time. This happened some years back with a neighbor's cat who disappeared for about a week or so and was presumed dead. One day he turned up looking rather skinny and worse for wear and we think he may have been trapped somewhere. He's been fine since that misadventure though. I hope you find Robin again soon.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Thank you, we hope so too, but the longer it goes on the more we worry! I will update this hub if and when he returns. We are considering getting a shelter cat of course if we do he will return right as rain and will have his nose out of joint over the newcomer!

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    Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Robin's quite the looker! Hopefully he will return soon, unharmed and with happy tales from his adventures. Fingers crossed...

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @Brite-Ideas He has left before, but his longest absent before was 5 days. It is now 3 weeks and a day since he went. I would often miss him in the morning, but he usually would turn up when I go out to feed the horses.

    I would often see him sunning himself and watching over his herd. It is not the same without him. Sorry to hear about Gizmo.

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    Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Awe, I hope Robin returns. We experienced the same thing in the 1990s with our beloved Gizmo (an orange and white tabby) - we were devastated. I know how you feel, and sure am crossing my fingers and toes for Robin's safe return.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Thank you Ladymermaid. That is exactly how we are feeling.

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    Ladymermaid 3 years ago from Canada

    I am so hoping that Robin finds his way back home as well. My old girl went missing after a move to a new home and I spent most of the afternoon and evening searching the neighborhood for her. Her name is Kricket so I probably sounded like a crazy woman while I was out calling for her. Turns out she had crawled inside a basement wall. What a relief to see her furry face again. Saying a little prayer your furry friend finds his way home as well.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Hi Rhonda, Thank you for your note and concern. Robin has gone for a few days before, but this time it is 2 weeks and 5 days now. He has not been handed in at our local shelter, but they will call if he is! We hope he is just out hunting as he is definitely good at it. We think he may have left because mowing the Hay field scares off all the mice, rabbits etc.that survive the process and he probably just followed them wherever they went. We are saying prayers that is all it is. Our weather has been warm and mild so he probably has seen no reason to return yet. Here's hoping. Wishing you well as a former Squid!

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    Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

    I remember your introductory article on Robin from Squidoo. I hope he returns, fat and happy having just been out catting around. Sammie has taken off for days at a time, making me worry all the while. Then, she just shows up out of the blue demanding kibble. Hang in there.

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    Sp Greaney 3 years ago from Ireland

    I hope he returns soon. He might just be off on a jaunt somewhere and will eventually remember to stop by and visit his family.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Oops! I realize that I misread Merrci's comment she lives on Oregons Southern Coast. In my anxiety for Robin I read it as the local Toyota, Hyundai Subaru dealership! LOL

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Thank you. We are praying that he has just decided to go on a trip.

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    Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

    Like Merrci I was hoping you had found him. Praying for a good outcome for you. Robin is so beautiful.

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    We have not lost hope that we will come back as he has been gone before for up to 5 days, but this is his longest absence ever at just over 2 weeks. I see you responded from O' Regans South Shore so we are nearly neighbors! Is that the Bridgewater branch and do you work there or were just using their WiFi?

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    Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

    Oh no! I was hoping you would tell he he'd turned back up. Hopefully he's having an adventure and will be back soon. Enjoyed reading your article in spite of my need for a happy ending!